MOBILE, Ala. - The agent for Bengals left tackle Levi Jones said here Monday at the Senior Bowl that Jones' injury problems that cost him the last six games of the season are improving and that he should be ready for a June mandatory minicamp in June.
Ken Zuckerman wouldn't be specific about a series of back and hamstring problems that knocked Jones out of the lineup for good against the Eagles Nov. 16. He also wouldn't comment on Jones' status with the club, but did say that the Bengals haven't told him anything one way or the other about next year.
Jones is a big decision because with no salary cap in 2010, his prorated bonus stemming from a six-year extension in 2006 would empty all into 2009.
The only Bengals coach who got a player out of his 2004 coaching stint here, special teams coach Darrin Simmons, is keeping a close eye on Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams, a kick and punt returner. Cornerback-safety DeAngelo Smith of the University of Cincinnati is also going to get a look
Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazer on former Bengal safety Madieu Williams returning to the lineup late in the season for the playoff push despite a serious neck injury: "He was centimeters away from getting paralyzed. Not many would have come back this year."
The report out of Baltimore that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is pursuing Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson for the offensive coordinator job drew deaf ears here. Lewis wouldn't comment per club policy, but with incumbent Bob Bratkowski still in place since the season ended and coaching in this game, it doesn't appear that Lewis is looking for another coordinator.